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“An ATIRadeonX3000 kernel extension found by Netkas refers to virtually the entire Southern Islands family, including the Antilles Pro and XT parts that may be the initial mobile chips,” Electronista reports. “The chips will actually be the originally planned Northern Islands family relabeled and should run on a 40 nanometer process. The early inclusion isn’t a definite sign of plans but strongly suggests that the next wave of Macs will use some form of the Radeon HD 6000.”
Electronista reports, “Separately, a Chinese forum post has produced some of the first known benchmarks of the Radeon HD 6780, the high-end single-chip card in the line. A synthetic test in 3DMark Vantage gives it an overall score of 11,963, or well over the sub-9000 scores of the previous champion, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 480.
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